RAC echoes concerns over tyre tread depth

9th December 2011

Car breakdown recovery firm RAC has echoed growing concerns over the number of motorists who are seemingly ignorant of the required legal tread depth of tyres in the UK.

It comes after a study conducted by RAC found that two-thirds of motorists were unaware of the legal tread depth of tyres on UK roads.

Under current laws, tyres should have a tread of at least 1.6 mm, though some experts have argued that as much as 3mm is required for driving during dangerous winter conditions.

Astonishingly though, the study of 2,000 men and women found that around 66 per cent did not know the legal tread depth while 53.75 per cent did not know about the required pressure for tyres on UK roads.

The findings come as concerns over drivers using tyres that lack the required tyre tread depth mount as the winter months begin.

Recent reports highlighted the story of a local garage owner who found 46 per cent of drivers visiting her during November had tyres with a tread depth of less than 1.6 mm.

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